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My First Missionary Trip To The Dominican Republic

I never expected that a beautiful country such as the Dominican Republic could have such poor living conditions and lack basic infrastructures.  I was completely culture shocked when I realized that not everyone in the world lives as Americans do and everyone is not as fortunate as I am.   My parents are Christian missionaries.  They often travel in order to bring assistance to...

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A Summer In Mexico

Of all the trips I have ever been on, the one that I hold most significant would be my journey to Mexico in the summer of 2006. That summer was a summer that had loomed long and unexciting during the school months prior. With no tropical vacationing excursion to look forward to and no plans to go to summer school, I felt driven by an antsy urge...

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Jamaica; not a beautiful place at all.

"Whoo-hoo!" I finally get to go out of the country on my own, meaning no family members tagging along. I was thrilled. It was finally time for a change in me, the people, and the world. I arrived to Kingston Jamaica where the humidity felt like 100 degrees. Being in a sweater and sweatpants made me feel like I was about to have a heat stroke, especially because where I came from had 0 degree...

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Tragedy Can Happen When You Travel

"That could never happen to me!" Probably everybody, of any age, has uttered this saying at one time or another. But a heartbreaking news story released by Travel Weekly is a harrowing reminder that this belief could not be more misguided. Earlier this week, a group of friends on a snorkeling trip in Cancun were told to jump into the water when the catamaran they were on began to...

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Teens and Hotels: What Do They Really Want?

There are many things that a hotel should have to appeal to a teenager. Here are a few amenities that make my time in any hotel more enjoyable.  My Top Five Requirements: 1. A TV with full cable and VCR or DVD player and a video game system that you don’t have to pay to play (or you pay a small one-time fee.) 2. A swimming pool or multiple pools with...

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My SCUBA Class

SCUBA stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (and a great time as well!) My first (and hopefully not last) experience occurred during my 1999 vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. The resort I went to, called Beaches, was an “all- inclusive” and they were offering a How To Scuba Dive ‘resort...

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Dreaming of Exotic Islands: Puerto Rico

One of my dreams has always been to travel to an exotic island. I thought Puerto Rico would be an ideal place. A commonwealth country of the U.S., I pictured it to be similar to Miami with Spanish-speaking people. So, for my first trip out of the country, I went to San Juan in 2001. It was more beautiful...

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Boscobel Beach Resort, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

When my family and I ventured off to Jamaica to take a 10-day holiday in 1998 we chose the Boscobel Beach Resort so that there would be plenty for my sister and I to do and my parents could have the opportunity to lounge by the pool and soak up the sun. If you have active older children as both my sister and I were, they can hop down to the beach to learn how to water ski one day, sail the next,...

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Coconut Bay Resort And Spa, St. Lucia

A beautiful island, a great resort, a high quality all-inclusive experience for all ages in a verdant eco-paradise.St. Lucia’s majestic Piton mountains and lush vegetation make it one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. If your family has just arrived from a long international flight, however, you may not be able to fully appreciate your two-hour drive to St....

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Jamaica’s Sunset Beach Resort And Spa

I highly recommend Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This resort has something to offer everyone from ages 2 to 102. The scenery was breathtaking, the food was extremely pleasant to the palate and the staff was accommodating and delightful. We have stayed at many all-inclusive resorts...

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